My Top Albums of 2018

Best albums of 2017

 

Another year has passed. This time I wrote no reviews and I apologize for thinking I can just come in like this and share my opinion of what my favourite albums were this year, but it’s something I look forward to every year. I actually hope to find time in 2019 to get back into writing, which is more than I could say last year. I’m just hoping to be able to manage my time a little better in 2019. Once I can manage that I think I’ll be writing a lot more often than once a year.

That being said, just like last year I’ll probably be writing a lot more than average about each album since I never got a chance to initially review them. This year’s top ten albums were easy to determine, it was the order to put most of them in that proved to be a big challenge, but that’s always a great problem to have considering most years I have an eleventh or twelfth album that it kills me to leave out.

Before we get right into it, it wouldn’t be a Top Ten list if I didn’t plug in my past lists, which you can access by clicking here. Also I’m inclined to remind you this is just my opinion. I’m very aware that there are some choices, positions and all around neglected albums that will boggle many people. Also the songs that I’ll be attaching to each album will be my favourite song from each album, as opposed to simply being the album’s “highlight.” Continue reading

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My Top Albums of 2017

Best albums of 2017

I’m back, just temporarily for now. Yes, I really don’t review much these days because of time restraints, but the future still holds many albums to be reviewed by me. When that will happen is something I couldn’t tell you right now. Could be in a few months, could be next year, but I still wanted to get my top 10 list written for the year of 2017 because it’s one of the main things I look forward to every year.

This year I’m probably going to be writing more about each album than most years, due to the fact that I never actually wrote initial reviews for any of them, except for one. As well as another I started but never finished. Therefore I’ll do less talking here and start with the list!

But of course, please check out my previous yearly top 10 lists here.

And remember, this is only my opinion, so don’t be an ass. I would however love to hear what your favourite albums were so please feel free to share! Each ranking will be accompanied by a video of my favourite song from the respective album as well. In past years I’d include the “album highlight” for each album, which isn’t always necessarily my favourite, but I decided to change that this year. Continue reading

My Top Albums of 2015

2014 was no 2013 in respect to the albums that were released. I don’t know if there are many other years that had as many amazing albums released as 2013 did. 2015 showed a bit more promise, leaving me a little more excited about writing this post about my favourite albums of 2015. Like last year and the year before I’ll be talking a bit about each album and posting a song to accompany the album, for those who have never listened to each respective album. This year sees an increase in bands which were given to me for review who I had never previously heard of. Almost half of the list as well as some honourable mentions have that in common, which makes this year’s Top 10 different from last year and completely different from the year before that. Continue reading

Blitzen Trapper “All Across This Land”

If there’s one type of music I haven’t been able to get enough of, it’s southern rock. That and Country rock have taken up a lot of what I’ve listened to on my spare time the past month, so I was pleased when I saw the next band on my list was one that could fit in to those categories. Blitzen Trapper have been around for about fifteen years and have a good number of albums under their belt. Their eighth and latest being All Across This Land.

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The Bloody Nerve “Taste”

The Bloody Nerve Taste Review

It was a couple of years ago that I was given The Bloody Nerve‘s first three song EP for review. After reviewing that EP, which goes by the title Red (you can read that review here) I managed to become good friends with the Nashville duo. It’s the worst mistake as a critic to admit that but they are friends in the best possible way because they still expect nothing but honesty, which I was while reviewing their follow up EP Blue (you can read that review here) which I didn’t find as good as its predecessor. Now after some anticipation, Stacey Blood, Laurie Ann Layne and company are set to release their first full length album Taste.

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Malkasian “Malkasian”

Malkasian album review

I recently had a discussion with a former Juno Award winning guitarist about starting bands. I wasn’t trying to start a band with him, but rather the discussion was in general about starting bands. His advice was that it’s such a pain in the ass, you may as well write and record your own stuff because it’s so hard to have the right guys come along. That must have been the mindset for Sean Malkasian who singlehandedly recorded his entire Malkasian in a bedroom.

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Turk Tresize “If It Is To Be”

Turk Tresize If It Is to Be Review

A little over a year ago I was introduced to Turk Tresize and his unique blend of soul, blues, rock and roots . His debut album Soul Casino was at the time the most diverse independent album I’d ever been given for review and still remains one of them today. You can read my review and listen to some tracks on it here. I was excited to be asked to review his soon to be released second album If It Is To Be as I was curious if Turk would decide to change things up.

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